Worried About the Bird Flu?

Dr. Rima Laibow has gone over to the dark side of medicine. She believes that we should eat well to avoid illness, rather than sit around and wait for the government to approve an injection once we are sick. She has been campaigning tirelessly against such things as our Congress adopting the 16,000 page Codex Alimentarius, a UN/WTO project to give central-governments control over food. This terrifying, ultimate control is under consideration right now in the U.S. and is backed by the drug industry.

Part of the CODEX logic is to remove toxins like Vitamin C from the shelves. Apparently, we citizens are too stupid to understand or use the food supplement without the help of the government, prescriptions of doctors, and formulation by giant drug firms. This particular threat to human freedom Dr. Laibow finds most disheartening as Vitamin C is really our only cheap and available defense against Avian flu, the H5N1 virus, which is a form of influenza.

Right now, there is no human/avian virus from which to create antibodies, so those billions of dollars being spent on vaccines are preparing us to treat the last virus, not the next one. The government, one assumes, wants to be seen doing something, even if what it does is nothing.

Various governments and NGOs are doing a wonderful job of scaring people senseless and spending money to defend against a pandemic though the virus that has yet to arrive. Indeed, there is only one possible case of a human -to-human transfer that recently occurred in Indonesia [May 2006]. The case is presently being investigated. This said, the jump from bird to human, then human to human seems to be a matter of time. Even skeptics agree this scenario is possible or likely.

When the human/avian virus breaks out, it will do so quickly and with deadly consequence. There will be a very short window to produce a vaccine and a sufficient supply will never be made available in time. The governments of the world are preparing hospitals, issuing instructions on emergency care and disease avoidance, and funding giddy research centers. What is not being promulgated is that there is a home remedy available to all of us to keep the infected alive. To treat the disease, we need to first understand why it kills.

Dr. Laibow says the H5N1 virus depletes “Vitamin C stores so quickly that the cause of death is fulminate scurvy. Scurvy is the same disease that killed seamen on long voyages because unless we get enough Vitamin C from our diet or our supplements, we get sick or die.”

You may recall one slang word for someone from Britain is ‘Limey.’ That term comes from the use of lemons and limes on the sailing ships as a food supplement, if you will. An Englishman, James Lind, figured out in 1747 that citrus fruit provided the missing nutrient in the diets of the sailors. We know it as Vitamin C. Unfortunately, scientists later decided to fix the solution because their theories suggested that scurvy was caused by the lack of fresh food. So, scurvy returned. It was not until 1932 that the Vitamin C link was understood.

Human bodies do not make Vitamin C, so, since we need it for a great many vital processes including immune function and vascular integrity, we need to eat foods which contain Vitamin C, which probably explains why we crave sweets – fruit. Today, we eat so poorly that many of us are on the edge of scurvy as it is! Our bodies are not ready.

The H5N1virus uses up Vitamin C stores so quickly, Dr Laibow wrote, that the immune system is overwhelmed and the blood vessels loose their structural integrity: they leak so badly that infected animals literally bleed to death through those damaged vessels. There is an internal hemorrhaging of the lungs. That is the course of the disease that we need to thwart. So, the disease dictates the treatment – massive doses of quality Vitamin C.

Dr. Laibow explains that a person would have to find the level of supplemental Vitamin C intake which begins to produce diarrhea, called the level of ‘Bowel Tolerance,’ then back off 25% from there. This is safe. Vitamin C is not toxic. The thing to remember is you do this 4 times a day if you are seriously ill. Vitamin C, you may recall from biology, pretty much goes right through the body. It does not store.

The doses, if one can use that term with food, will be in the thousands of milligrams if one is seriously ill, so do not get sidetracked by bottled pills which seem to suggest 500 mg a day is a big dose. In the face of a deadly virus, mega doses will be necessary. Of course, modify the intake of children proportionate to their size.

Indeed, Dr. Laibow suggests if you do become ill, ‘the best thing you can do is contact a physician who practices natural and nutritional medicine and begin a regimen of Intravenous Vitamin C treatments. You may need between 100 and 200 grams (not milligrams) for a short time since the Avian Flu is so good at using up your urgently needed Vitamin C.’

In addition, you would do well ‘to take reasonable doses of Vitamins E and A along with Zinc and reduced L-Glutathione since they work together with Vitamin C.’ How much? That depends upon your weight and health, but it would be more than suggested by the bottles’ instructions. Dr. Laibow also recommends that you take a good Multivitamin and take several pills at a time.

Another plan would be to improve your immune system now which can be done by simply eating better. You know that. Stop eating the junk; you know what the junk is – all that processed stuff – and switch to a diet rich in fruits, dark and brightly colored veggies, free range animal protein and organic everything. We all know what we have to do, but now a little birdie is threatening you, so it is time to change you life style.

Selenium, of note, another supplement, blocks deadly mutations in the Avian Flu virus (J American College Nutrition 20: 384-88S, 2001; FASEB Journal 15: 1846-48, 2001; Journal Nutrition 133: 1463-67S, 2003) while elderberry syrup has been shown to be an effective flu remedy (J International Med Research 32:132-40, 2004; Israeli Medical Assoc Journal 4:919-22, 2002; European Cytokine Network 12:290-6, 2001; J Alternative Complement Medicine 1:361-9, 1995). Garlic is a highly effective anti viral substance which should be part of your diet (Planta Medica 58:417-23, 1992).

The key is to stay healthy, eat well, and at the very first hint of illness, start the Vitamin C regime. Don’t wait a second. Dr. Laibow also suggests, at this time, taking amino acids l-lysine, l-proline and l-glycine. An average size adult can take up to 3 grams of each one 4 times a day since they help prevent the spread of the virus in your body.

Rima Laibow’s personal daily regimen for immune health includes high dose Vitamin C and Vitamins A and E along with zinc and L-Glutathione.

For more information, you can visit Dr. Laibow’s Health Freedom USA.

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